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  • Saturday Six-Minute Sketch, Clothes Pin

    The idea is practice to improve my drawing skills.

    The whole idea behind my six minute sketches were to improve my drawing skills by regular practice without placing a huger burden on my time.

    My six minute sketches lately have been taking longer and longer.  Last week it took me 13 minutes and I still really didn’t feel like I was “done”.  However, I made myself stop because I knew it was supposed to be a six-minute sketch, not a six-hour sketch.

    I realized that the problem was that I have been picking things that were too challenging for six minutes, and trying to squeeze in too much detail.  If I want to pick a more elaborate object, I need to leave out details, so which would it be?

    Keep it Simple

    I decided I should Keep it Simple for six-minute sketches, and if I want to post more complicated sketches, I can do that on a separate post.

    Finish the drawing in Six Minutes.

    The goal of course is to finish drawing the object in six minutes.  The simplicity of keeping it to six minutes means that I know I can almost always squeeze it into my week.

    I know if I’m going to do this, I need to select my object carefully

    Select a simple object to draw.

    So, with all that in mind, I for today I selected a very common, uncomplicated object:

    Photo of the clothespin I drew.
    This clothes pin should be simple enough to sketch in six minutes.

    One thing I noticed, was that because there was more than one light source there was also more than one shadow, at the time I noticed two, but now looking at the photo I see at least three. Well my sketch only got two, because that’s what I noticed at the time.

    Here is the sketch I did in six minutes:

    My six minute clothes pin sketch.
    I was able to complete this sketch in the time limit, and even put in two shadows like I saw in front of me, the second shadow is faint and hard to see, but it’s there.

    So there was my six-minute sketch for this week!

     

     


  • Saturday Six-Minute Sketch… NOT!

    First, I want to apologize for being mostly absent for a few weeks. I really needed to take some time for other things, and didn’t dedicate as much time to my blog as I had been previously.

    Hopefully I am back again now!

    Today is Saturday, so I figured it was time for my Saturday Six-Minute Sketch, which my readers will probably remember are quick sketches from life, that I try to do in six minutes or less.

    These six-minute sketches can be challenging, not only because of needing to sketch quickly, but also because it can be difficult to select an object simple enough for such a short sketch to possible.  I don’t always judge correctly.

    Today I decided on a boot as my subject.  Specifically this boot that belongs to my daughter:

    Actually this boot is not as simple as it looks, at least not to draw.
    This is my daughter’s boot, classy, stylish, simple, right?

    Well, I set my timer and started drawing, and quickly realized that this basic boot was not nearly as simple to draw as it first appeared.  It turns out that I encounter difficulty in drawing folds of fabric.

    Here is how much I had managed to draw in the six-minute time limit.

    I guess I need to practice drawing more!
    While its clearly a boot, I can see where I drew the angles wrong, and the proportion is off too.

    Well, I wanted to complete more than that!  I hadn’t even gotten to the shading!

    So I started the timer again, and this time, while I still drew quickly, I decided I was going to bring it to something close to completion.

    I ended up taking another seven minutes, for a total of 13 minutes to complete this drawing.

    Those folds in the faux leather are really a challenge to draw!
    This simple basic boot is much more complex than it first appears!

    I am not terribly pleased with this sketch, the proportion is off, either the toe should be shorter or the leg portion larger.  The angle of the sole is off, the angle of the top of the foot portion is too flat.  The folds don’t right.

    I think I will need to try to sketch this boot again, without a time restriction at all, and see if I can get closer to realism with it.


  • Little Birdie — Saturday Six-Minute Sketch

    Wow, another week has gone by and its time for my Saturday Six-Minute Sketch once again!

    Today I selected for my model this little bird knickknack:

    bird six minute sketch model

    So, as usual for my six-minute sketches, I sat down, pencil and sketch book ready, put the model (the bird statue) in front of me, set the timer on my cell phone for six minutes, started it, and began sketching.

    Naturally, when you have a time limit you don’t know at the start how much detail you will be able to fit in, so you start with the most basic.  First outlining the general shape, then outlining areas within that shape that are most important (such as the head and wing), then you start adding in important features like the beak and eyes, and then if time allows, you add some shading and detail like feathers, etc.

    Here is all I managed before my six minutes ran out.
    Bird six minute sketch

    I know it isn’t perfect, but I am pretty satisfied with considering the time constraint.

    I always try to do my six-minute sketches from an actual model, rather than a picture, though there might be an exception some day if I want to try to sketch something that would move around too much otherwise.  Usually though I will pick a stationary object to sketch, because the main purpose of this is to keep practiced on drawing what I see, from life.


  • A Barrel of Monkeys, Well A Sketch of One Anyway

    Well, its Saturday again, time for my Saturday Six Minute Sketch.  Today, I started off setting the timer on my phone, and trying to draw my dog who was lying at my feet.  About 1 1/2 minutes into the sketch, he got up and wandered off.

    So, I reset the timer and decided to sketch something a little less mobile.  I grabbed this little statue of a chimpanzee, and decided to try to sketch it.  Here is a photo of the chimp, and incase anyone was planning to point out the inaccuracy of my title, I am aware that a chimp is an ape, not a monkey.

    monkey statue

     

    Okay, so I set my timer for six minutes, and started sketching.  Here is all I was able to accomplish in six minutes, as you can see, my eraser dust was still on the paper when I snapped the picture.   I wanted to stick with my six-minute time slot, so I didn’t even take time to clean it off after.

    monkey sketch

     

    So, that is my six-minute sketch for this Saturday!


  • Saturday’s Six Minute Sketch

    I’m in the process of building this  new website, after I finish it, I’ll probably do all of my art blogging here, but for now it is just in its development state.   Yesterday I worked on it all day.  Registering a domain name, installing WordPress, picking a theme, and now trying to figure out how to integrate a pay pal shopping cart.  I also need to upload images of all my paintings.  Needless to say, I didn’t have much time for painting.

    So, for today I’ll post this sketch I did a few days ago.  I timed myself at 6 minutes.  It’s a sketch of my daughter, I feel like it would have looked a lot better with double the time, but I wanted to see what I could do in six minutes.  My daughter says she looks like a “Walker” (another name for Zombie, from The Walking Dead).

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  • Mushroom from My Mind

    Practice makes perfect, so they say.  I’m not so sure that’s true with art, since in a sense art is never really perfect, there is always some room for improvement.  So lets just say practice makes better.

    So anyway, yesterday I had an off day, I spent most of time updating information on various websites and such, and didn’t make time to do art in the morning.  I told myself it was okay because I was going to go to an artist league meeting and would start a new painting there.  Then a friend dropped by unexpectedly and stayed and talked for a long time, and soon it was too late for the meeting.

    Still, I wanted to at least do a quick sketch, I started sketching my tea kettle, but wasn’t really inspired by that so I stopped before I got finished with it.

    I decided that it was a good day to do a pencil sketch from my imagination instead of drawing from life, but I didn’t have much time left, I had only a few minutes before it was time to leave with the family for church.

    So I ended up doing this quick sketch of a mushroom, or is it a toadstool, or a fairy hut?  Well, mine was pretty plain looking, just a basic sketch, no dots on it, no colors, no frogs sitting on it or butterflies hovering nearby, but it was still a little touch of practice on a day when I would otherwise have not exercised my artistic muscle at all. So here is today’s sketch, more of just a little doodle.

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  • Somewhere in Another Universe…

    Somewhere, in another universe, under a yellow sky…  strange creatures drift by over the rooftops.

    Watercolor pencil on Vellum the color on this phone photo doesn’t do it justice.

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  • She Sells Seashells…

    Can you say the following poem five times fast?

    She sells seashells by the seashore.
    The shells she sells are surely seashells.
    So if she sells shells on the seashore,
    I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
    Honestly, I stumble when I try to say that quickly, fortunately though, this blog is about my art, not my verbal gymnastics.  So I don’t need to recite rhymes about seashells, I just need to sketch said seashells from the seashore.  So, this was last night’s seashell from the seashore sketch.

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  • Turn Up the Heat

    Oh well!  Things don’t always turn out the way we want.  Yesterday I wanted to finish my “Inlets to Illusion” painting and photograph it.  I did manage to finish it, but I didn’t get the picture taken while I had good light. You see, I don’t have studio lights for my art, but my porch just so happens to get perfect lighting for photographing a painting, but only for about an hour or two a day.  So I have my porch set up for it, with nails in several places on the front door so that I can hang the paintings there, set up my tripod, and take the picture.  Well, yesterday I let that “golden hour” pass, today I’ll be at church during the “golden hour”, so I’ll have to try tomorrow.

    Now, that painting took months to finish, and it didn’t require a lot of realistic drawing because it was mostly abstract op-art.  So I have been feeling out of practice on my drawing.  I decided to sketch something, I looked around my house for something to set in front of me and sketch.  I decided to sketch my space heater.  Now bear in mind that I didn’t use any rulers or vanishing points, I just looked at the heather and drew freehand.  I also didn’t spend a lot of time at it, it was just a quick sketch, for practice at drawing what I see. The heater has wood casing, and a decoratively curved lip in front on the top and bottom I struggled with that lip, I think I cane closer to getting it right with the bottom.  I realize I should have cleaned up my eraser lines more, but as I said, it was just for practice.

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